We are still in a health war. Covid-19 is still rife across the world, and even though in Mauritius we have no new cases, caution is in order. What about our eyes? Does Covid-19 have an impact on our eye organs? We tell you everything in this article…
The Covid-19, all about the virus
The Coronavirus most often reveals itself through mild symptoms, such as a common cold, but it can also cause more serious problems, such as a difficulty in breathing, which can sometimes result in a hospitalization. It may also not generate any symptoms, but the risk of contamination is just as high. People with weaker immune systems, such as seniors, are most at risk.
Coronavirus, what about our eyes?
Covid-19 can actually cause eye problems. Note that the virus can be transmitted through the eye via droplets. The eyes are therefore a gateway for Covid-19 as for other viruses usually in circulation. So avoid rubbing your eyes or manipulating your eyelids unnecessarily.
In 1 to 3% of Covid-19 patients studied during the outbreak in China, moderate viral conjunctivitis has been reported. People who suffer from it present symptoms like rosy, watery and uncomfortable eyes. Conjunctivitis caused by Covid-19 can be treated within days. So the virus is not harmful to our eyes.
The inflammation can last 10 to 20 days after the onset of the first symptoms related to Covid-19. In more rare cases, the cornea is also affected: this is called keratoconjunctivitis.
Protecting yourself against the Covid-19 virus
Here are some great tips:
1 / Practice social distancing
2 / Wash your hands often
3 / Avoid touching your face
4 / Wear a mask
5 / If reusable lenses must be worn, use only the cleaning products recommended by your eye care professional.
Also note that if you wear glasses that do not fit your face, the chances that you touch your eyes are much higher. So, go to one of our branches to have your eyeglasses or sunglasses adjusted.